Since I was an arriving passenger from a Global First flight, I had access to the first class lounge in Tokyo for my three hour layover. If nothing else, it made for a change of scenery from March.
Upon entering, I presented my boarding pass to the check-in podium. I’m not sure why it’s necessary, but I was escorted to the elevator bank up to the first class level. Would armed guards have tackled me if I tried to press the elevator call button on my own?
As noted before, the lounge has unique artwork.
The views and decor are the essentially the same (the first class lounge sits one level above the main lounge).
I never found out the reason, but while I was waiting for my flight to Manila, an EVA Air A330 was met by emergency personnel on the ground to be towed away while followed by a slow moving procession of firetrucks:
After about two hours in the United lounge, I left for the ANA lounge closer to my departure gate to get my seat changed (from the second to last row middle seat on a 763 to an aisle) and to flee the deteriorating wifi quality. While I did get my seat changed, the ANA lounge was packed and the wifi was somehow even worse than the one I had left.